Monday, May 16, 2005

If the President lies, and he is not under oath, is that lie unimportant?

A recent email from
. . . More than 100,000 Iraqis have now died. Nearly 1,000 have been killed in just the last three weeks. The real casualty numbers for U.S. personnel are not really known. Thirty thousand have been evacuated from Iraq due to severe wounds, psychiatric and other illness, while nearly 1,600 have been killed so far.

Wolfowitz’s Admission Should Cause Impeachment

A number of recent revelations confirm that the Administration knowingly lied about the war and its causes. From their own mouths we know with certainty that they cooked up an explanation for the war that would most scare people—the facts be damned. Paul Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld’s key aide, was quoted in Vanity Fair magazine as saying, "For bureaucratic reasons we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction, because it was the one reason everyone could agree on." Since the Administration was flooded with angry letters, undoubtedly many from families of U.S. soldiers, following the publication of the Wolfowitz interview, the Pentagon attempted to do damage control, asserting that he was misquoted. But that didn't help much either. The Pentagon’s own version of the interview has Wolfowitz saying: "The truth is that for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy, we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on which was weapons of mass destruction as the core reason."
The public now knows, as does every member of Congress, that in April 2002 Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair secretly agreed to wage unprovoked war against Iraq at a meeting at Bush’s Crawford ranch in Texas. This fact and other incriminating information about the secret maneuvers to wage unprovoked war are contained in British government documents, obtained by Michael Smith, a defense specialist writing for the Sunday Times of London. They include a memo of the minutes of a meeting July 23, 2002, between Blair and his intelligence and military chiefs; a briefing paper for that meeting, and a Foreign Office legal opinion prepared before an April 2002 summit between Blair and Bush in Texas.

In a letter to Bush earlier this month 89 House Democrats expressed shock over the documents. They asked if the papers were authentic and, if so, whether they proved that the White House had agreed to invade Iraq months before seeking Congress' OK. (Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2005)

"If the disclosure is accurate, it raises troubling new questions regarding the legal justifications for the war as well as the integrity of our own administration," the letter says.

"While the President of the United States was telling the citizens and the Congress that they had no intention to start a war with Iraq, they were working very close with Tony Blair and the British leadership at making this a foregone conclusion," the letter's chief author, Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, said Wednesday.

The evidence is clear. As Ramsey Clark recently stated: "Impeachment now is the only way we, the American people, can promise ourselves and the world that we will not tolerate crimes against peace and humanity by our government. Knowing what we know, to wait longer is to condone what has been done and risk more". . . .
Okay, let me see if I've got this right. Correct me if I'm wrong. When Bush lied about the weapons of mass destruction and about not going to war, he wasn't under oath, and so it was okay for him to lie? Lying is a problem only when a President is under oath?

This may be lefty nuttiness or liberal spewing or another of the Democrats' red herrings, but you do need to address this. If the President lies to the American people, and he is not under oath, is that lie unimportant?

Okay, click "Comments" below and have at it.

Better yet, if it's not okay, write your Congressman.


Mark said...

Great Post. I just wanted to drop a note to let you know that I added you to my blogroll.

Unadulterated Underdog said...

A lie is a lie no matter how long the spin cycle is. Bush is guilty and should be held accountable. They harped about Clinton's lies, which hurt nobody but his family, himself and the women he was with. Bush's lies have cost thousands of lives, trillions of dollars and deades of trust in our government by Americans and the world. While thee trust was weak before, it's nonexistent now.

joe-london said...

Great post. Bush should get impeached without second thoughts.

It would be appaling that a president of the supposed 'lighthouse of democracy', self-proclaimed pious leader of the 'axis of good' should get away after having vulgarly lied and conspirated. Deceit is not compatible with presidency.

Skizz said...

Oh God. Dude, where do you get your information? 100,000 dead Iraqis?? Even at they have the number at 17,000 and some AND they count also dead terrorists as well. Well, I won't be stopping by here anymore even on Blog Explosion, so.. spew all the shit ya want.